The star-independent. (Harrisburg, Pa.) 1904-1917, February 04, 1915, Image 1

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"VOL. 77—NO.
Pillar of Fire Rises 4
Times as High as the
Mulberry Street Via
duct When All Four
Walls Fall at Same
Instant During Dan
gerous Cameron
Street Blaze —Fre-
quent Explosions
Make Firemen's Task
Most Perilous
PUT AT $30,000
Firemen Flood Cellar
Containing Big Tanks
of Gasoline and Pre
vent a Catastrophe
—One Smoke-eater
Hurt by Falling Glass
—Water Tower Dam
aged When the Walls
In the moot spectacular daylight fire
that has occurred in recent years in
Hnrrisbuxg, the big three-story brick
building of the Kor.i Motor Sales
jxuiy. No. 14 5 Sontii Cameron street,
close to the $300,000 Mulberry strct«t.
viaduct. was wiped out in twenty rain- j
titos this afternoon. i
At 12.30 o'clock t ie first alarm was
sounded ami at 12.50 the whole struc
ture ex i' : small st ,-tiot s of t -e walls
o ; e tirst store. came to the ground
•with a crash.
Along with tiie building were de
stroyed tb rty four Ford automobiles
that were in the second and third floors.
Twenty-four of these were brand new
■ -he remaining ten had been sent of
thoir Harri-dvtiy owners to the building
for repairs.
Every iive nf fire fighting apparatus
in the city was called to the scene by
J'ire Chief K.U'iler. Patrick Driaeoll,
is.anager c the Ford I'lisiness in this
city. sad t. at the tl rty.four destroyed
nutos avo-._-.-i $425 apiece in value.
They wen- all reduced to junk. Air.
l>n? -oil ie.» tile total loss, in hiding
building :n »• tei at $30,000, only
partly insured.
Fire Chief Kin Her late this after
noon discre lited a rumor that a man
had been can.lit in the ruins when the
building collapsed.
For live tnir.utea after the -building
fell flames shot into the air to a dis
tance four rimes as high as the Mul
berry street bridge, which at that point
is ainiosr 100 feet ahove Cameron
street. In tie crash of the building a
one-story blacksmith shop nearbv was
crushed an 1 five firemen, who had been
directing a stream of water from t:io
■top of the shop, sa\ e- i their lives by
jumping in the nick of time. Another an was ba Lly cnit by falling glas
!•: i was taken to the Harrisburg hos
pital in the police ambulance.
The firemen on the roof of the black
smith shop arc members of the Sham
rock Fire ijnmpany. They were sta
tioned on the roof of the one-storv
structure that was owned by I"rick A.
Frederii kson. It was on the north si.le
of the burning building. The firemen
were directing a stream into one of the
upper floor windows.
The men performing this dangerous
duty were John Moore, Irvin Wenriek,
William Low, Newton Metzger and-S.
< Weaver As the flames <hot high
i:.-o the an the north side wall trem
bled and wobbled. Then and onlv then
did the fire laddie? drop the hose and
jump to tlie ground, a distance of 15
feet In an instant the mass of brick
and burning embers fell in their tracks,
crushing the frame blacksmith shop and
burying the line of hose.
Before the building fell there were
Star- fnkpcinkni
frequent small explosions of gasoline in
the structure and the task of the lire
men was most dangerous. In the crash
hundreds of tons of hot bricks, and
burning joists were piled on several
large tanks of gasoline in the cellar.
; There \va» constant danger of the ex
| plosion of these tanks and Chief Kind-
I ler directed that many streams of wa
ter he turned into the basement for
; the purpose of flooding it and cooling
the tanks to prevent the dreaded ca
tastrophe. In this the smoke-eaters
• were successful.
There is ito definite information a*
to how the lire started. Those at the
j scene at the beginning said that the
flames originated in one ot' the upper
floors. In the opinion of Mr. Driscoll,
the manager, steam japes along the
stairway between the second and third
floors may havi been responsible for
the blaze.
When the tire was under control
j Fire Chief Kindler gave out a state
ment in which he declared that in all
his experence he nevr before saw a
building crumble so quickly as this
j structure, lie repudiated a report that
j the firemen were handicapped by poor
i water pressure.
In the opinion of the Fire Chief, the
fire had been at least twenty
minutes before it was discovered, so
that by the time he was making a dash
over the Mulberry street bridge in his
auto in response to the first alarm the
second and third floors all were in
' flames.
j Upon determining the extent of the
j Are Chief Kindlei sent phone calls to
the followirg tire companies: Hope,
Mf. Pl£ris:.tit; >hamrtxk and Allison.
loiter he seat in the general fire alarm,
, the "two-tarees" call, which brought
all the engines of the department.
1 That was about 12.45 o'clock and five
minutes later the whole burning build
■ iu£ collapsed
Before the crash of the structure an
imperviso.l water tower was made with
the use of the aerial ladder of the Mt.
Vernon Truck .ompany. To this was
attached a hose line w! ieh was used to
send a stream into a third storv win
| dow. When the building fell part of a
! wall hit the water tower, put it out of
i commissi n and did some damage to the
Cameron street is an important thor
oughfare for trolley cars o; the Steel
ton and Mi-ivlletown lines and as hose
lines prevented the cars passing the
building they were sent to the lower
end of the county by the Vine street
Before the building collapsed, Ray
Yohc, 2 4 years old. 125 4 Derrv street,
who responded on the first alarm with
the Mt. Pleasant Engine Company,
struck by glass from one or the upper
windows that was broken by the heat.
Li is head was badly gashed and he
was rushed in the police ambulance to
the Harnsburg hospital. The surgeons
there said Yohe will recover from his
F:re department officials sai l that
the whole builling collapsed at the same
time, at 12.50 o'clock, or just twenty
minutes after the first alarm was sound
ed. Some of the falling bricks an l
blazing timbers fell on a frame build
ing nearby, used as a blacksmith shop
and wrecked the latter structure.
The Ford Motor Sales Company build
ing was a 3-story brick structure, prac- i
ti■ ally new. It was opened last April. 1
T'ae fire, which started in an upper i
floo-. was discovered by \\*illiam Wor
den. of the Worden Hoofing Company,
who was having an automobile repaired j
at the building.
T:;e flames quickly spread. Smoke !
was pouring out of the third-story win- j
dows when the first engines responded !
to the alarm.
The alarm was sent in from box 19.
Cameron and Kittatinnv streets, to
which the central district apparatus re- [
sponded- Before the first streams were
on Fire Chief Kindler had called out I
e\ ery company in the city.
During the progress of the fire there
was a series of explosions in different '
Continued on Eleventh I'agr. '
Georgia Physician Charged With As
saulting Young Married Woman,
Daughter of Prominent Citizen
Uj) J.isnct<i(rd I'ress,
Au<juj»ta. ila., Feb. 4. —Dr. A. N.
Culberson, a physician of Evans, Ga.. '
was shot dead to-day by a posse of citi i
-'.ens which had been searching for him j
sir. v la<t night, according to reports I
! received here.
Culberson was charged with assault-1
j ing a young married woman, the daugh-1
ter of a prominent citizen of Martinez.
Dr. Culberson was killed at a farm
house near K\; ns, in Cohimlvia county.
•12 miles from Augusta. The assault i
with which he was charged was com
mitted early vesteriay. Sheriff Plunk
ett, of Richmond county, with three
deputies, started for Martinez at mid
night to arrest the physician who wa
reported to be in hiding t'.ere. After
several hours futile search, l'lui.k.t:
and his deputies returned to Angus'..*.
A posse of citizens, however, n
tinned the hunt and found Culberson
early to-day in the farm house. The
■ physician was ordered to come out.j
Then, it is reported, Culberson drew a
revolver and tried to escape, but the
po-se lired and he fell with bis body
riddled with bullets.
Culberson went to' Evans about two
years ago. He came to Georgia from
t ulberson, X. C. He was married but it
was said he and his wife had not beei.
» living together for some time.
Lively Struggle for $3.00(> Water
Board Pium to Be Relinquish d by
Man Elected to Congress
The resignation of Benjamin K.
Focht, of I'nion. Congressman-eh < t, as
a member of the State Water Supply
Commission, will not be handed in un
til Marvh 4, when Focht takis his seat
m Congress. Focht says he does not
intend to retire until the last day left
him fo'r di ing so. when he will notify
the Governor.
Three candidates for the place are
prominent. l>av.d I'ritchard, of So an
ton, i< being backed by the Mate
Sportsmen's: former Senator Walter
MoNichols, of iserautou, who served in
the Senate from IHII to 191 a an i was
defeated for re-election, and f. rmcr
Auditor (.teller:! 1 Howard 11. Hard n-
InTuii, of Wavue, who i> backed by tile
politieai organisations of tiie north
extern part of the State. The position
pays Sd.OUO a year and the teftu is
lour years.
Focht was appointed more than a
year ago on the resignation of Fred. W.
lleitz, of Svranton, and his appoint
ment was resented by the Lackawanna
politicians who calmed that as Fie t/i
was from Lackawanna the aj'j>pintmcui I
belonged to that ounty. ltence the
two i>, rauton caijiiiidatis in the tieid at
For Hardenbergii it is claimed that
the position docs not belong to ;,uv par
ticular county, but to a p-ditioal" s.v
t.on, and that he represents the entire
northeast. This is disputed by the
•"S rant nians, who say they are deter- >
mined that Lackawanna siiai: land the
Former Bull Moose Candidate for Con
gress Goes to Work Again on Hiil
Dr. J. 11. Kreider, of this city, who
was the Lull Mo- e candidate for Con
gress in this district last fall, has been
reappointed to *a clerkship in the Au
ditor General's Department and began
iiis duties this week. *
\\ hen Auditor General Powell first,
t.iok olii e he appointed Lr. Kreider,
to a $2,000 job as ifcierk in the Bureau
of Cor; orations, and Kreider was fixed
for four years. Last summer, when the
primary campaign o.ened and candi
dates for office were making their an
nouncements, Dr, Kreider became a ;
candidate for Congress on the Washing
ton party ticket and he obtained the j
nomination without much eflort. When !
the campaign was about to begin Dr. I
Kreider, knowing he would have to de- '
vote his time to his canvass, resigned 1
his clerkship, went to work but went j
down to defeat.
Since the November election his ef
forts to be reinstated were unsuccessful
until this week when, a vacancy occur-!
ring, ho was reappointed to his old
Not Enough Worksrs to Eemove Sn 3 w
lly ir.t' tl Prt'ss,
New York. Feb. 4.—Although Ncw
\ or* City is said to have tens of thou
sands of men out of employment, (he
street cleaning department announced
to-day that it had been unable to ob
tain enough workers to remove the re
cent light snow.
Brumbaugh Starts In-1
quiry as to Political
Backing of Men Em
ployed in Capitol
Heads of Departments Direi tly Unilor
Governor s Control Instructed to
Make Up Lists—Bigelow Among
First to Comply
tiovernor Brumbaugh, it was learned
to-dav, is looking over the departments
that come under his direct administra
tion with n view to ascertaining all of
the information possible concerning
them, bat principally to learn the'num
ber of employes, their duties and sal
aries and under whose political back
ing they obtained office.
When State Highway Commissioner
Bigelow called on the Governor' last
week he was requested to give this in
formation about his department, espe
cially with regard to the number.of em
ployes and their political ba king.
To-day Commissioner Bigelow was a
caller on the tiovernor with as much
as he could obtain of the desired infor
mation. A new list of employes of the
department is prepared each month,
ionic. .'i the S;jte
attaches are hold-overs from a previous
administration so that all of the infor
mation regarding political backing can
not be obtained with ease, but the
greater part of them are known to have
got their jobs through political leaders
oi the State, on whose recommendations
they were selected.
It is said that. Governor Brumbaugh
proposes to make the same request of
the other departments whose heads are
subject to appointment by the Govern
or of the State, with a view to learning
just "who is who" among the political
backers in each county.
Talk on Capitol Hill is to the effect
that the census of departmental at
taches is being obtained by the Gov
ernor with a view to making some dras
tic changes, but this rumor could not
fee verified. It has occasioned much
consternation in the various depart
ments where there are rumors that a
big -hake-up is contemplated.
meiitf me? m
The lowa Lost in L ke Michigan On the
Chicago Harbor—No Lives
Eeported Lost
P' l Ass"< i-ft' <1 Pre-ii,
( hicago, Feb. 4.—Hie steamer lowa
of the Goodrich Transit Companv sank
in L::ke Michigan about three miles off
the river mouth to-day- after being
crushed by what lake men declare was
the heaviest ice seen in years off
the Chicago harbor.
The crew, numbering 70, and one
passenger struggle 1 over the ice pack
as the vessel settled and struggled over
the hummocks to shore. Some reached
the government breakwater and were
rescued by tugs and others landed at
different points. Those who reached
safety first declared that no one had
been lost.
Scott to Be Sentenced Monday
Robert F. Seott, city patrolman, con
victed by a crimina court jury on a
charge of murder in the second degree
growing out of the fatal shooting of
Nathan Backs, will be tailed for sen
tence at the regular motion court to
lie held next Monday morning, so Dis
trict Attorney M. K. St roup" said to
day. Half a dozen defendants, now in
jail awaiting the action of the Grand
Jury on various criminal charges, to
day decided to plead guilty and they,
too, will be called for sentence on Mon
:$() D:iys for Bridge Wrecker
Vanceboro, Me., Feb. 4. Werner
Tl(;rn was to-day sentenced to thirty
lavs in the county jail on conviction of
having damaged property in this town
by the explosion of dynamite under the
international railroad bridge.
Rear Adm'ral Howard
Reports the Asama
Breaking Up in the
i Pacific Ocean
No Further Details of the Disaster to
Big Japanese Warship Were Con
tained in Dispatch Prom Command-
I . er of U. S. Pacific l icet
ll;j Associated I'rcss.
I Washington, Feb. 4. Hear Admiral
Howard, commander of the Pacific fleet,
reported to the Navy Department from
his flagship San Diego that the Japan
ese cruiser Asuma, with 500 men. was
wrecked about 350 miles south of Port
BartolOme and was breaking up.
No further details were jjiven in Ad
miral Howard's dispatch and nothing
was said of the fate of the crew. The
Asama, a sister ship of tiie Tokivra, i
-442 feet over all with a beam of G7
i feet, and ca; able of making 2 1 12
kno Is. Ssho had S.OOO horsepower and
was armored with Harvey nickel steel.
She was built in Klswi.-k, Kngland, in
189 S. She carries four S-inch guns, 14
six-inch and 1 2 three-inch L;IIIIS,
four torpedo tubes below the water and
one above. Her complement is 300 of
ficers and men. As the San Diego was
at the city ot San Die<io, Cal., to-day
navy officials assumed that the ad
miral s message was sent from there on
fuformat'ou received fioln an American
vessel off Kiiseda.
The Japanese cruiser Asama has a
war record that dates back to the bat
tle of the sea of Japan, May
1905, on which occasion she received
the surrender of Rear Admiral Neboga
t-otT, of the Russian navy. After this
fight she was engaged successfully with
the Russian cruiser Dmitri Donskoi and
it was from the decks of the Asama
that the Emperor of Japan reviewed
the naval parotic ill Japan waters the
later pnrt of October, l'JOo.
More' recently the Asama has been
active in the Pacific. In November she
was reported as hovering out- de of
Honolulu harbor, awaiting the coming
out of a German warship and in .lan-
I uary of this year she was Htenming up
i and down the coast of Peru looking
for the German cruiser, Prinz Eitrl
: Friodrich.
LATE waii rasemey
German Attacks have been resumed in
several sections of the western battle
front and, according to to-day's offi
cial communication from Berlin, one of
these movements, in the Argonne, has
resulted in a victory of importance.
Three lines of trenches were stormed,
and the statement is made that the
principal French positions for more
than a mile were taken, with the cap
ture of <>oo prisoner!,, 1M guns and
much war material. The French state
ment mentions a few small engage
ments, which are said to have ended
favorably for the allies.
The German statement confirms Pe
trograd's assertions that another great
battle is in progress in Poland west of
Warsaw. Russian attacks were re
pulsed. the Berlin War Office says, and
the Germans were able to make further
progress in the vicinity of Behlimow, in
the section of the front closest to War
Germany to-day notified the United
States that American ver=e!s should
t onflimcil on Seventh PnKf.
He and Leßrun, Who Tried to Sfwindle
Banks to Be Heard Again Feb. 15
Before H. R. 'Mercer and Fred Le-
Brun. swindlers, who wore convicted by
a criminal court jury on charges of for
gery and false pretense, are called for
sentence, the Court will hear argument
on their attorneys' motion for a new
trial and an arreot of judgment.
The defendants' counsel contend that
the Court erreu in not permitting Mer
er's aliened confession, made to the
District "Attorney, to be read in its en
tirety to the jury. They also claim that
sufficient evidence to warrant a convic
tion on the technical charge of "utter
ing and publishing a forged check,"
wad not produced by the Common
wealth. The eases probably will bo
argue-d on February 15.
Mercer and are the pair who
deposited two fake clerks for SI,OOO
each in Harrisburg banks and were ar- ,
rested when they tried to draw agaiust
the "deposits.'" I
Appoints Three Minis
ters to Take Charge
of Civil Government
in Mexico
• •... <
; Compelled to Assume Political Author
ity On Account of Disrupted Com
munition Between Convention Gov
ernment and Division Under Him
By .1 i u 'i'.
El I'nso, Tex., I'Vb. 4.—Francisco
Villa has proclaimed himself in charge
ol the presidency of .Mexico. This was
announced in a telegram troin (leneraJ
\ ilia received iast night liy his agents
here. Villa appointed three ministers
to take charge of the civil govern
\ ilia gave ns his reason I'or assuming
the ollice that his forces had licen sep
arated from the convention government
headed by Bo<|ue Uon.aUv. Uar7.ll as
provisional president who left with the
/.apata forces when they departed south
from Mexico i ;ty, at its occupation re
i cently by Obregon s l.'airaii'a troops.
\ ilia tjO.ogr.iphi i from Agaas Calicntes
umler date of yesterday the following:
Names of His Ministers
"On account of communications hav
ing been cut oli between the con
vention government and the division
under my command and as public serv
' ice cannot, bo interrupted on the expen
sive zone which 1 control 1 find mvsolt
compelled to assume the political au
thority creating three political admiu-
Continued on Thirteenth Pairr.
Twenty Others Wounded When Yaquis
Rebel Against Supporting Retreat
ing Column of Villa Soldiers
; San DiegiJ, 0a1.,* Feb. 4. Four pp.--
! sons were killed and twenty were
wounded, including t«o officers, when
1,000 Yaqui Indians mutinied a: (umv
mas yesterday, according to wireless
advices received to-day by Roar Ad
miral Howard, on board the flagship
San Diego, now in the harbor.
The mutiny occurred while the In
dians were being sent to support a re
; treating column of Villa soldiers which
had evacuated Navajoa, Sonora. No
, foreigners were injured.
The Villa troops sailed for Vbaros
aboard the steamer Bouita and the
schooner Leonore. The latter vessel
was compelled to return to (Juaymas on
• account of bad weather.
mm Tils u. s. cos
Washington, Feb. 4.—Germany t »-
. day notified the Slate Department that
American vessels should avoid tin
north and west coasts of France. The
State Department does not regard the
: notice as a formal declaration of block
ade by Germany of the French coast.
It is said that the mere presence of
(icrnia.u submarines or the planting of
German mines would not constitute a
blockade, which, according to long es
tablished principles of the st it,' De
partment, requires the maintenance «rf
a fleet of warships sufficient to pro
i vent any intercourse with the block
aded port.
Therefore, the department regards
I the notice as similar to one issued by
the British government and to a pre
editing notice from the German govern
ment regarding the waters of the North
sea, both of which recited that mines
! had been sown within specified lim.ti,
and that the waters would be unsafe
for passage of neutral shipping except
under pilotage.
Technically, the waters on the north
and west coasts of France, there!ore,
are to be regarded as within the war
aone and American mariners are sup
posed <o take notice of the warning
and enter those waters at their peril.
The notification was presented by the
Berlin Foreign Office to Ambassador
Gerard who transmitted it to-day to the!
State Department.
Amsterdam, Via London, Feb. 4, j
4.0(5 A. M.—'Prince August Wilhelm,!
fourth son of Emperor William, is re- i
covering from a double splintered frac
ture of the lower part of the thigh and |
several broken bones in his left foot, i
the "Lukal Anzieger" states. The j
nature of the fracture was disclosed
only recently bv an X-rav photograph.
The Prince is convalescing slowly,
but is allowed to take short trips in a
specially built motor car He was in
jured in a motoring accident late in
November while making a military
Their Positions A re
Again cene of Fierce
Assaults at Hands of
, Kaiser's Troopa, After Preparatory
Bombardment b> Artillery, Make
Repeated but Umm ccsr.ful Attai ks
on Important Belgian Trenches
Amsterdam, via London, Feb. 1. f1.33
A. M. The '.'.e'giau positions on the
' \ so- near Wo-storndo again have been
the seem' oi' lioi o attacks by the Gor
j mans in which the bayonet was used
> by the troops i>n both sides of thn
1 trenches, the "Telegranf" states in a
ilispa:. !i from iis SI : correspondent,
i The Germans after the usual prepara
tory bombardment by artillerv, the cor
respondent «a; made repeated but un
successini attacks on ov.-ral important
i Bo :in trenches. The dosoorate nature
of the fightinj of the ] nst two days is
; i'd by the largo ciyivovs of
wounded bo::i ; sont to Germans'.
French Attn- ks at Perthes Repulsed
Berlin. l*c;>. I. iiv Wireless to Say
, ! v:!ie.--The announcement on the prog
ress of (he war .".ivon out to-day bv the
liermpn oiic-al -. :i!V says the Germans,
near .via hjefl have boon successful
over the French, occupying their posi
la • s for more than a mile and the cap
turing of over 600 men. They claim
iijs>> *invc-s iii t lie fi;'ill ii> ton skiis in
j the V os::e-,
tiii- oa. iein area of (Tie war no im
portant engagements spoon to have oc
-1 currt 1. German, Austrian and Huti
■jgarian f'Miers are deacjibod as fight
ing su i-s : til Iside bv side in the Car
| atli ans. Kisi•whore in the oast the
Gorman report claims success. The
j statement is as follows:
''estenkn s:iw nothing more than
i artillery engagements on the front
1 com the North Sea n< far as Bheiuis.
1' urtsior French attacks near Perthes
( wore repnlseu with to the oiieniv.
"Gorman forres yesi r .lny delivered
attacks at points north mil northwest
ni' Mes-iges and t« the northwest of St.
Monohouhi. Piioy -formed thr, o linos
of French trenches, mio behind the
other and occupied the principal
positions for a distance of two kilo
| metres (1 Mo miles). All the French
; counter attacks which were continued
during the niglii wore repulse.l. We
; took prisoners seven officers and tlOl
soldier- and wo captured !» machine
guns. n il,, other gams of' smaller calibre
j and much war material.
Germans on 3!uis
"In the middle Vosg.s there oc
curred the Jir~t encounter of lieiimui
Iroo f mount oil ou -kiis with French
, chasseurs. The outcome was successful
for us.
' '''."st Prussia, Russian attacks
aga uC % Gorman position smth of
the Mem el river were driven back.
"In Poland, north of the Vistula,
there have been skirmishes between
small detachments of Herman and Rus
sian cavalrymen. At a paint s oulli of
Soeliaczcw, tie Ku.-.-ians delivered rn
peatod night aftacks u|ion our positions.
They were forced to retire with heavy
losses. The German advance in the vi
cinity of Bolimow is progressing, and
'his iu :to of the vio.out II isiian
counter attacl. ■. The nt.mbcr of prison
ers We are taking is increasing.
Fight Shoulder to Shouicler
"In the .th .in mouiit:i: . < Ger
man and Austrian and Hungarian sol
diers have boon fighting sliouldei to
shoulder for some days. \V e and our al
lie- have been several times successful
iu this difficult, snow covered mountain
i ous country.''
Russians Drop Bombs on Germans
Petrograd, Fob. I. —Russian aviators
on February 2 successfully dropped
i bombs on the mobilized rc.-orves and
| trains of the Germans at Bawa, ar
! zecze and Bogu v'.yc. about fifty miles
| southwest of Warsaw, according to au
official announcement issued hero to
New York, Feb. I.—There was re
current sslling o. leading sto;iiu iu the
) afternoon and Bethlehem Steel reached
a point or. denial of dividend rumors.
: Specialties also declined on profit-tak
ing sales after which trad.'ng laps d nto
dullness. The extreme dullness of the
afternoon was followed by further sell
ing in ;lic final dealings. The closing
v/a- irregular. Mixed price movements
were the chi-f characterise feature of
to-day's stock market. Dividend issuos
were under pressure, with advances in
some of the specialties.